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Poster: Bridgewater Video Date: Sep 23, 2006 9:20am
Forum: movies Subject: Format questions for release of Stock Footage

Hello, I have only known of the Archive for a year, but I have been involved in photography for many years. I am thinking of releasing a large amount of stock footage for free thru the archive. I could do this as single clips or release them 10 at a time. My originals are AVI quality. I want to release the best quality clips I can. I am currently releasing several "Stock Footage clips" with an MPEG-2 for DVD formating. These were created on an Vegas 6.0 NLE. The first release single and combined samples can now be found under an Archive search for "Bridgewater Video" or "stock footage". The first question I wished to ask is, does the forum or the Archive have suggestions about a format available on the Internet Archive that will give a higher quality than the MPEG-2 for DVD that I am now using to create the clips I post? I have seen references to DVX, MPEG 4 and other formats that I am not familiar with. My second question is, should I make seperate Internet Archive releases for each clip, or combine the clips and release them 10 at a time? I can't decide. Any comments or input from the forum or the archive would be helpful. Thanks!

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Poster: FP Date: Sep 23, 2006 4:16pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Format questions for release of Stock Footage

Vote from a user -

The cleanest clips I get from the archive are 720X480 29.975 fps MPEG2. Although DV looks better, MPEG2 strikes a good balance between size and quality, and the files can actually be incorporated directly into video projects without much tweaking.

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Poster: Bridgewater Video Date: Sep 24, 2006 6:47pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Format questions for release of Stock Footage

Thank you for a quick reply. I believe I am using a 720X480 DVD codec as you described, but I will make sure. I also have to agree that the Archive storage required to store DV Originals would be a problem. I have Fiber Optic Internet, so a large file size is no problem for me, but I realize it is a big problem for someone on a dial up connection. For that reason I am tending toward releasing clips as stand alones instead of in packs of 10. The file size required for 10 nice clips is going to be a problem, even if I keep each clip down to just a few minutes. Still I think some nice, clean Florida stock footage is the best way I can give something back to the archive. I have brought a lot of friends and family to the Archive and they have all enjoyed it. Now that I am getting a bit old to lug a camera around, I can continue to keep my hand in editing and leave something useful behind. I have lived in Florida for many years and have been able to travel as a wedding photographer. I have a great deal of private footage of Wildlife, Sunsets, Beachs, Parks that I think will go over well on the Archive. Hope you Editing folks enjoy It. Thanks!

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Poster: ARossi Date: Sep 26, 2006 4:17pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Format questions for release of Stock Footage

Mpeg2 is the most versatile format for posting videos, since the archive can use that format to create smaller versions of the movie, giving everyone who would like to view the videos a chance to download it at the quality/size they prefer. But if you'd also like to upload .avi versions of the movies, you could certainly upload both versions.

Alexis - IA

This post was modified by ARossi on 2006-09-26 23:17:11

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Poster: Bridgewater Video Date: Sep 26, 2006 4:30pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Format questions for release of Stock Footage

Hi Alexis, Thanks for the reply. Please forgive me for asking silly questions. I don't see AVI in the pull down list of choices shown in the archive. I saw AIFF, ARC, ABBYY Zip, and Animated GIF, but I don't see AVI. Is there another abbreviation or do I use "unknown" for a format description? My second question would be how the folks at archive would prefer I load this. Should I load the MPEG 2 and let the archive derive it to the other formats and then load the AVI, of just load both video formats in the file and leave them for you folks to figure out, or just load the AVI? If I add the AVIs for the "stock footage" clips I have already posted, do I just hit Derive when I'm done and the AVI will appear with the next server update? Or do I need to make a comment under "Report Errors" so you folks know I added something and understand what I'm doing?.... Thanks again for all your time & help!

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Poster: ARossi Date: Sep 26, 2006 6:07pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Format questions for release of Stock Footage

Oh, I also meant to say - I'd recommend uploading each video individually. It takes a little longer, but then each one can have its own individual information (title, description, keywords, etc.) which makes it easier for people to find what they're looking for.

Alexis

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Poster: ARossi Date: Sep 26, 2006 5:23pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Format questions for release of Stock Footage

Hi,

Those aren't silly questions at all! People choose either Cinepack or Divx for avi movies, depending on how they're encoded. (there are a bazillion other ways to encode AVIs, but these are the most popular - if you're not using one of these two, just choose one anyway, that way our deriver still knows its an AVI.)

You can upload the mpeg2 and the avi at the same time in the same place. We have a piece of software that creates the smaller formats automatically. When it sees the avi, it will just say "hey, i can't do anything with this," and when it sees the mpeg2 it will say, "yay! i can derive this!" and go to work.

So when you first create an item, upload the file(s) and check it in, we run the derive automatically. You don't have to do anything to make that happen.

The only time you need to use the derive button is if you add more stuff *later* that you'd like us to derive. If you've already created an item and you decide to add another file, you check it out, add the file, check it in, and then click the derive button. If you're adding an AVI file, you don't need to do that because we don't derive from those, but it wouldn't hurt/break anything if you did. It usually takes about 20 minutes for a new file to show up, which it will do automatically.

Hope that helps, and let me know if you have any other questions!

Alexis